Protector calls for ‘speedy justice’

2011-10-14 07:38

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has called for “speedy justice” ahead of the handing over of her report on Co-operative Governance Minister Sicelo Shiceka to Parliament.

“What matters to me is that something is done and within a reasonable timeframe so that justice is speedy,” she told SABC news this morning.

She said she had never specified in her reports exactly what remedial action President Jacob Zuma should take against Shiceka.

Madonsela’s provisional report on Shiceka found he had spent R546 864 on an unofficial visit to Switzerland.

She said she gave Shiceka an opportunity to defend himself before the final report was made public.

“Before you decided the fate of any person you must give him adequate opportunity to present his side of the story.”

Madonsela said she requested a meeting with Shiceka, but when that failed, she sent him a list of questions.

“Certainly he cooperated and I will say today obviously about whether or not I got all the information... [or whether] that information was sufficient to answer the questions that were being raised,” she said.

The release of Shiceka’s report coincides with today’s deadline for a host of government departments to respond to remedial action suggested in Madonsela’s previous reports. She had compiled reports on the leasing of police buildings in Pretoria and Durban.

Her first report, released in February, was on the R500-million lease for the Sanlam-Middestad building in Pretoria.

The second report examined the R1.1-billion agreement to lease Transnet Tower in Durban.

Madonsela found the public works department had deviated from the tender process, that the lease agreements were not at the market rate, and that businessman Roux Shabangu had allegedly pressured officials to finalise the deals.

She found national police commissioner General Bheki Cele to be complicit in the leases.

She called on President Jacob Zuma to take action against Cele and senior officials involved in the deals.

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